Theresa May, Bring It On

Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain

Unelectable Left

No sooner had PM Theresa May announced her decision to go to the country in a snap election predicated on a single issue Brexit strategy, the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, was quickly out of the blocks in his attempts to wrong-foot her. Corbyn’s first General Election campaign speech and Q&A was a tour de force.

The Labour leader outlined a broad set of policies to tackle growing inequality and to reverse years of Tory austerity. His performance will surely put to rest the contention of his critics that he is unelectable.

Regardless, such a claim is not supported by the evidence. In his constituency of Islington North, Corbyn inherited a majority of 4,456, which is now 21,194. He’s one of the few Labour MPs whose vote increased between 2005 and 2010, when he added 5,685 to his majority. Although Corbyn is currently well behind in…

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When you’re ‘fit for work’, but not fit for work: negotiating DWP logic

scottish unemployed workers' network

DWP hangman

With the DWP targeting the sick and disabled, we are constantly being approached by people who have been found ‘fit for work’ when they clearly are not. They have challenged the decision – always worth doing as the success rate is very high – but before they can put in a full appeal, they have to ask for it to be looked at again within the DWP (for a Mandatory Reconsideration), and while this is happening the only way they can get benefits is to sign up for Jobseeker’s Allowance. This means accepting the pretence that they are indeed ‘fit for work’ just long enough to get registered for the benefit; but once they are signed on they have the same rights to doctors notes as any other recipient of JSA. Most doctors are naturally concerned when their seriously ill patients are forced to look for work, and will readily…

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So Crosby’s going to try to use Corbyn’s past against him, eh?

The SKWAWKBOX

According to a Sky reporter, Tory campaign adviser Lynton Crosby is likely to try to use ‘Corbyn’s past’ against him to turn voters off him.

Bring it on.

crosby independentCrosby’s own past is not without issues. He was alleged by the Daily Mail to have told Boris Johnson not to concentrate his campaign on “f*cking Muslims”, by the Independent of being behind Zac Goldsmith’s shameful mayoral campaign and, according to the Guardian, papers released under the Freedom of Information Act showed that Crosby, while employed by tobacco manufacture Philip Morris, lobbied a Tory peer against the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products.

PoliticsHome and others also reported that Crosby’s firm was involved in plans, at a time when the NHS was struggling under cuts to NHS and social care funding, to lobby the Cameron government to extend the private healthcare market.

If Crosby intends to target Corbyn’s meetings with…

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